Turkey vs France Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

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Turkey vs France
Euro 2020 Qualification, Europe
Date: Saturday, 08 June 2019
Kick off at: 18.45 BST
Venue:Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadium (Konya)

Winning their first two group games, both Turkey and France are keen on maintaining their 100% record. The two national teams will be targeting for all three points in this potentially exciting contest on Saturday.

Netherlands vs England  Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this weekend Euro 2020 qualifier match.  Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting that victory.

Turkey

Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1

Probable Lineups:Gunok(g);Kaldirim, Demiral, Ayhan, Celik(def);Tekdemir, Tokoz(mid);Tosun, Calhanoglu, Under(att mid); Yilmaz(att)

France

Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1

Probable Lineups: Lloris(g);Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Digne(def);Pogba, Ndombele(mid);Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe(att mid); Giroud(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this Thursday semifinal clash, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Turkey

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DWWWW

Senol Gunes’ side have been performing quite well in their last few games winning four games and drawing one in the team’s recent five. The Crescent Star’s latest match was a comfortable 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan in a friendly fixture.

Turkey’s first two group games were against Albania and Moldova in which they won them both in convincing fashion. Battling against France won’t be easy but Gunes’ side are going to give their all in acquiring all three points.

France

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LWWWW

Les Blues’ form have also been pretty good of late with four wins and just one defeat from their last five matches. Didier Deschamp’s side last defeat happened in Euro Nations League tie against Turkey on September 2018.

Meanwhile, the World Cup 2019 winner’s latest match was a 2-0 victory over South American team, Bolivia. Playing away from home won’t scare off Deschamp’s side but they must remain cautious.

Team News

Turkey

Gunes’ side won’t be able to field Okay Yokuslu as he hasn’t recovered yet from his injury. Caglar Soyuncu is on the team for this weekend tie, but will most likely start from the bench.

Burak Yilmaz is set to lead the line again up front with Cengiz Under, Hakan Calhanoglu and Tosun just behind him. The home side are hoping that their die hard fans can give then that strong spirit as they take on the World Champion.

France

Deschamps will have a quite strong line up for this tie, especially with Clement Lenglet returning from illness. However, he might only sit on the bench with Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane set to play from the start.

France will most likely start Olivier Giroud up front with support from Griezmann, Mbappe and Matuidi. Paul Pogba and Tanguy Ndombele might be an option in that midfiel to start the match.

Head to Head Records:

Both sides have only met three times in matches with Les Blues dominating by Wining all of those previous meetings.

However, their latest match up happened back on June 2009, which ended with Les Blues winning 1-0.

Match Prediction

Playing in front of their home crowd can help Turkey in giving their best form on Saturday. France themselves are also keen on getting another three points, despite having to play in a tough ground.

Considering both teams’ hungry for victory, this tie could very well be an exciting battle.  France should be favorite to win this tie, but if they’re not careful a shock result could happen.

Final Score: 1-2

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